DPRK launched an “unidentified” missile eastward

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DPRK launched an "unidentified" missile eastward

South Korea’s military says the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

CGTN’s Jack Barton is in Seoul with the latest news.

It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles).

The joint chiefs say the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport.

The airport also was used to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches.

Update from the Associated Press